Another week. Another few steps forward. A couple of steps back. All part of being a parent.
The trick is to keep things as level as you can.
We can get caught up in drama and stress, and blow things bigger than they need to be. It’s all about sitting back and thinking about the big picture.
What’s important right now?
What’s important to me this week?
Can I let some stuff go?
Can I stay on my path?
Does the little stuff really matter?
Lots of questions – but they are definitely questions that we need to ask ourselves a couple of times a year.
This morning there was a wet bed in my house. Born out of tiredness, a big weekend, and just one of those things. Luckily we are at the stage where wetting the bed is a rare thing, but we have been in the thick of that parenting dilemma for years! It’s really tempting to let that annoyance and frustration rear its head and sharp words to be spoken, but the biggest lesson this morning wasn’t for my child it was for me …
A wet bed, something that happens rarely, is not that big a deal. Washing the sheets and duvet, not that big a deal when it’s a one-off. Dealing with the upset-ness? Not that big a deal.
This morning the lesson was for me to let the little stuff go.
What could you let go this week? What really just doesn’t matter that much if you look at the big picture?
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